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26 May 2017


Forty days after Easter on Thursday the Academy held its Ascension Day service at St Andrew's Church in Cheddar to mark Jesus' ascension to heaven after his resurrection. The tradition of Ascension Day is a lovely part of life at Kings, originally brought to Cheddar by Reverend James Coleman of Oriel College Oxford and is sometimes a forgotten celebration in the Christian calendar. Years 9 and 13 students were in church for this very moving service organised by Christian Leader Elizabeth Alden and Reverend Stuart Burns led the proceedings with his thoughtful reflections. A group of Year 13 students enacted Jesus’s ascension to heaven after the final meeting with his disciples whilst student musicians gave a beautiful rendition of the delightful song, “The Call,” with the...

23 May 2017


Last Tuesday (16 May 2017), Year 10 were off timetable for their Work Skills Day, an annual event organised by Careers Adviser, Dr Hall. Working in tutor groups, students experienced and enjoyed lots of new experiences, and engaged in a wide range of activities to learn some of the key skills valued by employers for the future and more immediately, in anticipation of their Work Experience placements next half term (from Monday 26 to Friday 30 June 2017). All students had a session with either the Royal Marines, the Royal Air Force or the British Army and attended three further sessions from other local organisations: Airbus, The Leonardo Company (previously Agusta Westland), Cyient Ltd (previously Blom Aerofilms), NatWest, Ballinger Services, TePe Oral Hygiene Products Ltd...

16 May 2017


Three student duos put their creative ideas to good use when their poster and leaflet designs were chosen as the top three for World Autism Awareness Week organised by The National Autistic Society last month. During extended tutor times students learned more about autism and how it affects people as a spectrum disorder and what it is like to live with autism and they were enlightened to discover how many famous people have the condition. At the end of the week students had opportunity to design posters and leaflets incorporating a definition of autism, facts and statistics, how it affects people, why it is important to understand autism and how people can be supported. Well done to Becca Meldon and Thea Scott, Ella Kelly and Aimee Wilson, and Ryan Abraham and...

15 May 2017


This half term, in certain quarters there has been an aura of intense, silent concentration for the Academy's chess aficionados participating in the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. The first round was played here at the Academy with students each playing seven games. Well done to the best four students: Simeon Coton, Josh Mullin, Otakar Polak and Adam Rowley who all qualified to go through to the next round at Millfield School last weekend (Sunday 7 May 2017). It is wonderful to report that Simeon won his age group, and qualified for the Gigafinal (semi-finals) in Twickenham. We wish him every continued success. All the students really enjoyed themselves, testing their skills and playing against the best of Somerset Chess players, and learned lots of clever new...

10 May 2017


Kings of Wessex Year 9 student Lewis Hembrow-Mckinley started this year's summer athletics season on a triumphant note when he came 2nd in the County Athletics championships at Millfield School at the end of last month. Lewis competed against over 75 athletes from other Somerset schools in the challenging pentathlon including: Hurdle, Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump and 800 metres with high jump being his favourite event. As well as 2nd in the county Lewis came 7th overall due to guest athletes from Wiltshire and Exeter. Lewis first got interested in athletics in Year 7 at Hugh Sexey Middle School and has been training hard ever since. He currently trains three times a week as a member of North Somerset Athletics club with Coach Chris Millard and on non-training days he jogs...